This was a rather different book from what I intended it to be. I was expecting a lot more of the competition although it was intense here as it was.
But it just didn’t work for me. Having a bunch of teenagers battle each other out for the spots to an alien spaceships sounded cool. But the execution just left me much to be desired. As there just wasn’t enough action nor intensity to it. It just didn’t make me question things.
And for a brief moment I was rather bored. I did expect that someone dying on the ship will show their characters a little more. Here it’s just Emmett and no one else, as though they are just a bunch of robots. I did expect a little more questioning and opinion. And to reveal the reasons why all of them chose to come here and their real reasons. Apart from the boatload of cash waiting for them regardless of whether they won or not.
I wonder why did Babel even offer then such large amount of money when it will have saved them the profit. Unless of course, they want to do charity. Or another reason. It just didn’t make sense why would a corporation do all that. I just never felt that it was delved inside.
But given these were a bunch of teenagers, you get the idea. I think it will still be better for this corporation to decide to not pick random people but instead force them to come to them. And give them the best offer. It just never felt real.
And that is why I liked this work but overall just found it rather unsatisfactory.
Rating: 3 out of 5